World class boxing will be staged in George Town next week and the excitement is building fast.
Boxing fans from around the globe will be able to experience the stunning scenery of the Cayman Islands while enjoying championship-level boxing when Cayman Knockout comes to Grand Cayman at Pageant Beach on June 20.
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with the Department of Tourism, this event will showcase local boxing hero Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker (30-12-2, 18 KOs) when he squares off against Minnesota’s Troy Lowry (27-8, 16 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
Minister of Tourism, Charles E. Clifford, reiterated his pleasure that Whittaker, Cayman’s most successful boxer, is now part of the biggest boxing event ever staged here.
‘The promotional event will be televised live on Showtime, a premium television network,’ he said. ‘Cayman Knockout will be seen by millions worldwide.’
As the featured main event of the evening, returning to the ring after his impressive knockout of former world title challenger Rubin Williams in March, undefeated 2004 sole Olympic gold medallist Andre Ward (15-0, 10 KOs) takes the next big step towards a world championship.
Ward faces Dominican Olympian Jerson Ravelo (18-2, 12 KOs) in an NABO super-middleweight championship bout to be televised on the Showtime ‘ShoBox: The New Generation’ series.
Also featured on Cayman Knockout is world-ranked heavyweight Eddie Chambers (30-1, 16 KO) against the equally hard-hitting 6ft 4in, 260lbs knockout artist, Raphael Butler (30-4, 23 KOs) in a 12-round USBA heavyweight championship bout.
For boxing connoisseurs, Wayne ‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough (27-6, 18 KOs), a silver medalist at the 1992 Olympics and a former world champion himself, will fight rugged Juan Ruiz (21-5, 6 KOs) of Santa Clarita, California in a scheduled 10-round featherweight contest.
Also on the bill is Ronald Hearns (18-0, 14 KOs), the son of legendary former world champion Thomas ‘The Hitman’ Hearns, will try to keep his undefeated record intact when he challenges Jose Luis Gonzalez (12-3, 10 KOs) in an eight-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Tickets start at CI$10 with ringside seats costing CI$100. Tickets can be purchased from Funky Tangs, Standard by Atlantic and the Department of Tourism offices at Windward 3, Regatta Office Park.
Local sponsors of Cayman Knockout include Cayman Free Press, Spin FM, Vibe FM, Tropicana Tours, the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Comfort Suites, Tropical Shipping, Thompson Line, Coconut Car Rentals, Ministry of Sports, Gatorade and Caybrew.
For more information on Cayman Knockout, visit www.caymanislands.ky/knockout or call the Department of Tourism on 949-0623.
Ravelo (left) and Ward will put on a great fight Photos: Ron Shillingford
Whittaker is on the exclusive bill